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WBO sanctions Marquez-Diaz!

The WBO World Championship Committee received from Golden Boy Promotions Matchmaker Eric Gomez a formal request that the bout between Juan Manuel Márquez and Juan Díaz on February 28 in Houston, Texas, be sanctioned as a WBO vacant lightweight championship title bout. The lightweight title was vacated when former champion Nate Campbell did not make the weight prior to his February 14 bout. Pursuant to the consideration of these facts, it is the consensus of the WBO Executive Committee and Championship Committee to grant Gomez’ petition. Therefore, the WBO World Championship Committee sanctions the above referenced bout to be held February 28, 2009 in Houston, Texas, with the provision that the winner must face the mandatory challenger within 180 days of the bout, unless some other decision is reached in accordance with the WBO World Championship Rules and Regulations.

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